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Sears/chaimberlin opener does not operate

The door opened fine. Now it will not close. The lights on the sensors are out. I checked wires/connections, sensor aim, etc. Is there any way to test the opener without the sensors?
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  • davevl Aug 24, 2008

    I am having gtghe same problem. It pened fine, but wont close. It starts to close, but then reverses like it would if something was blocking the door. I disconnected the beam as well as the wall switch to try to narrow the problem. It still does the same thing. Looking for any help I can get.

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IF YOU HOLD DOWN THE WALL BUTTON IT OVERRIDES THE SENSORS.
IF IT WORKS WHEN HOLDING DOWN THE BUTTON - THE PROBLEM IS IN THE EYES SOMEWHERE.

HOPE THIS HELPS

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